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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Holiday sales are likely to account for around one-fifth of the US retail industry’s annual sales in 2015 NRF sees US holiday season sales increasing 3.7% 9 October 2015

The National Retail Federation (NRF) expects sales to rise 3.7% this holiday season – an increase that outpaces the 10-year average of 2.5%, but is less than the 4.1% gain last year.

M&S edit highlights ethically sourced fashion 9 October 2015

Keen to highlight its eco and ethical credentials – from products made in specifically accredited factories, to the use of sustainably sourced fabrics – retailer M&S has asked eco-campaigner Livia Firth to put together a capsule collection picked from its existing autumn clothing ranges.

Unifi expands Repreve distribution and product offerings 9 October 2015

Yarn maker Unifi is expanding the global availability of its Repreve recycled fibre with new distributors in Turkey and Taiwan to help shorten local lead times, and is adding additional performance benefits to the line.

China is transitioning from investment to consumption-led growthFalling Chinese imports weigh on world trade growth 9 October 2015

Slowing import demand in China, Brazil and other emerging economies, coupled with lower commodity prices, has prompted the World Trade Organization (WTO) to lower its forecast for world trade growth this year.

Sciessent launches longer-lasting odour control solutions 9 October 2015

Antimicrobial and odour absorption specialist Sciessent has released new products that it claims offer longer-lasting odour control for textiles and apparel.

Olah Inc joins the Better Cotton Initiative 9 October 2015

Fabric supplier Olah Inc has joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) as part of its long-term goal to encourage the use of sustainably produced cotton throughout the global textile supply chain.

The legislatures of all 12 member nations still need to ratify the TPP pactWhy TPP implementation is far from a done deal 8 October 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) might have been agreed this week after more than five years of negotiations – but the pact's implementation is still far from assured.

The Zara fashion chain is well known for its flexibility and speed of bringing product to marketCommon themes unite Inditex and H&M supply chains 8 October 2015

As the world’s two largest fast fashion retailers, it’s no surprise that Inditex and H&M continue to outperform their peers with their market-leading supply chains - or that common themes unite all the top European supply chain companies.

Study adds to concerns over textile microplastics pollution 8 October 2015

A new study adds to evidence that textiles are an important source of marine microplastics pollution, estimating that in Europe between 500 and 2,500 tonnes of synthetic fibres are shed each year.

Grupo Cortefiel invests in retail planning suite 8 October 2015

Grupo Cortefiel, one of Europe’s largest fashion retailers, has selected JustEnough software’s retail planning suite to help provide consistent, efficient and accurate planning across its business.

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